Google+ 11/28/12 Wow, that's Bright!

John 8:12

 

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 

 

"Wow, that's bright!"  At the beginning of a wonderful Christian musical entitled "Children of Eden," God proclaims Genesis 1:3, "Let there be light."  The stage direction following this proclamation calls for "really, bright, white light" to flood the stage.  When that happens, God jokes with Himself by saying "Wow, that's bright!", like He didn't know what was coming.  Our Scripture passage from John today, is one of the most well-known and often quoted parts of the Bible. Jesus is often associated with light in the Bible.  Good is also attached to light, the same as evil is connected to darkness in the Scripture.  I would dare say that all of us, Christian or not, know and accept this fact.  Secular movies, like the Star Wars Trilogy, are built on the struggle between good and evil.  The costumes chosen and the music played create this "war" for us in a special way.  Luke is constantly warned to not underestimate the power of the dark side.  When Darth Vader is discovered to be Luke's father, having been consumed by the forces of evil, Luke is the one who shines a bright light on his Dad, and before Darth Vader dies, he walks in the light once again for all eternity.  The symbolism of these movies has a profound impact on us regarding good and evil, even in this secular setting.  Our Scripture today is short, but mighty.  Christ declares, "I am the light of the world."  When He proclaimed this, the Pharisees were not happy.  They were busy misleading the people that the Sanhedrin was the light of the world.  The chief priests of the day were not consumed with God, but focused on themselves.  Unfortunately, this still goes on in some areas of religious leadership.  Ministers, more than anyone else because of their calling to preach and teach the Gospel, must be extremely prudent about being with and in the light.  That is the next statement made by our Lord and Savior.  Jesus says, "He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness."  Did you notice how Jesus says this?  Jesus makes an action statement.  We need to be following Him to not walk in darkness.  This is a daily practice and activity we must focus on, in order to stay in the light and away from darkness.  We must be actively engaged with Jesus.  To follow Him, we must be acutely aware of His movements and actions.  So can we passively believe in Jesus?  Our Scripture today says no.  Maybe this is why so much darkness abounds.  We miss the point of Christianity as a lifestyle, not a label.  There is a very old Christian song which says, "They will know we are Christians by our love."  Who is they?  In this case, everyone.  We can understand and display Christ's love only when we are actively following Him.  This answers a large number of questions many saved and unsaved people ask every day about Christianity.  Do I have to go to church to be a Christian?  Do I have to read my Bible to be a Christian?  Do I have to give of my time, talents, and treasures to be a Christian?  Our Scripture provides the answer to all of these today in one sentence.  Yes, if you plan on FOLLOWING Christ and not sitting on the sidelines.  We do all of these out of obedience to God and so we can walk daily in the light with Him.  When you are not directly in the light, you are in the shadows.   Don't expect the "light of life" to surround you when you are constantly residing in the shadows.  It simply will not happen.  Revelation tells us how Christ feels about us being "lukewarm," as it applies to our Christian lifestyle.  It is simply not permitted and God hates it.  How do I know?  God says so when He says that if we are lukewarm about Him, He will spit us out of His mouth.  Regardless of how much I might feel like I am in the slow group sometimes, I get that statement!!  So, today and everyday, follow Him.  Don't sit and watch.  Don't lurk in the shadows.  Jesus will guide you in all times, but especially the darkest ones.  Be careful though.  His light is really bright and will blind you if you are not ready.  That is why Scripture is so important.  Read about God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Enjoy the light of Jesus and walk daily with Him.  When we do, Jesus will then remove your darkness so you can always walk in the light!  Then we can all rejoice in the statement "Wow, that's bright!"

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